January 12th, 2009
03:01 PM ET
6 years ago

Joe the Plumber: Ban media from war

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Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka Joe the Plumber, is in Israel. (Getty Images/Israeli GPO)

(CNN) – ‘Joe the Plumber’ Wurzelbacher told a group of journalists covering the conflict in Israel and Gaza that he didn’t think the media should be allowed to report on war.

“I think media should be abolished from, you know, reporting,” Wurzelbacher said. “You know, war is hell. And if you’re gonna sit there and say, ‘well, look at this atrocity,’ well you don’t know the whole story behind it half the time, so I think the media should have no business in it.”

Wurzelbacher arrived in Israel on Sunday to start a 10-day assignment for pjtv.com, a Web site run by the conservative media outlet Pajamas Media. The plumber-turned-foreign correspondent said he wanted to cover Israel’s side of the conflict, because he thought the media was slanting the story to make it look like “Israel’s being bad.”

In his first day as a reporter, Wurzelbacher described the hardships of daily life in the southern Israeli town of Sderot.

“I’m sure they’re taking quick showers, I know I would,” Wurzelbacher said. “So you can’t plan your day, you can’t take a picnic.“

Wurzelbacher said he thought Israel should have attacked Gaza sooner. He told a group of reporters that he was a “peace-loving man,” but that "when someone hits me, I'm going to unload on the boy.”

He got a first-hand taste of reality in Sderot, when his group heard sirens warning of a rocket attack. With cameras rolling, Wurzelbacher and his group ran into a shelter.

“I’m in the bunker, I’m sitting there angry, outright furious, that I’m letting this terrorist dictate what I’m going to do because they’re firing missiles,” Wurzelbacher said. “It was fear at first, then outright anger, and then me wanting some kind of retribution. I’m not a person that runs from things, but when it’s a missile, you run.”


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  1. Debbie

    So, uh, Joe what precisely are YOU doing? And what, besides being Jewish, makes YOU an expert on the situation.

    Good lord. And THIS was the cornerstone of John McCain's campaign? America, things are really bad for us now but THIS is a glimpse of just how much WORSE they could have been had Mccain won.

    January 12, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  2. Jackson

    What the heck is pjtv? And who watches this stuff? Who actually cares what this moron thinks, his 15 minutes were up a couple months ago. This fool is a joke, just like Dubya, MacKaine and Sarah Pilon. Is this the best pjtv can do? lol.... Sweet! Hopefully they got him a one-way ticket.

    January 12, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Beth

    So...pretty much everything wrong in the world is the media's fault?

    He's an idiot...and so are McCain and Palin for bringing this nitwit into the spotlight.

    January 12, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. DAN

    I HOPE THIS JOE THE PLUMMER GETS HIT IN THE HEAD FROM ONE OF THOSE PALESTINAIN ROCKETS. THIS GUY NEEDS TO GO AWAY AND DISAPPEAR FOREVER !!

    January 12, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  5. Kelley

    Has anyone ever seen that movie 'Idiocracy?' Tell me Joe doesn't have such a scary similarity to just about everyone in that movie...

    January 12, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. R the patriot

    I'm sure glad Joe isn't running things! One of my complaints about Iraq is the sanitization of war. News rep[orting agencies should have as much access as their courage allows!

    January 12, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Aaron from Ohio

    Joe the Reporter thinks the media should be banned from reporting on the war? WHILE he is representing the media AND reporting on the war? Good Lord! Have either of his brain cells ever collided and sustained damage? Joe...take the oxy out of oxymoron and what do you have left?

    January 12, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  8. Neil

    Joe "the plumber's crack"

    January 12, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. Mike Sk

    Please Hamas do the world a favor and kidnapp Joe the Plumber.

    January 12, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Allen Hussein

    “I’m sure they’re taking quick showers, I know I would,”

    If your plumbing skills are as bad as your reporting skills, your plumbing customers should count themselves lucky to take a shower at all. What a moron.

    January 12, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  11. Annie

    Ban Joe the Plumber from the media............

    January 12, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. heh

    everytime this man speaks it validates every person who voted for Obama.

    January 12, 2009 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  13. Steve

    What's sad about Joe is that he's too stupid to realize just how stupid he really is. He's standing in front of a smoke plume from a rocket attack, saying that reporting on war shouldn't be allowed. And he doesn't even realize the irony of what he's doing. I'm sure CNN just puts his statements up for the entertainment value, just like they do for Palin, but can we just find something that's not so incredibly sad? We're laughing at the villiage idiot here.

    January 12, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  14. mark

    Heah Joe the Plumber – go unplug a toilet!

    January 12, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  15. Josie

    Eejit

    January 12, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  16. Carole

    Hang on to your seats. He said he LOVED John McCain, who is a true American Hero and highly intelligent man!!!!!! Then, he said John McCain made Joe the non-plumber feel dirty. But, that he felt Sarah Palin was real. That says it all.

    So next, Joe will be Paling around with Terrorists.

    **Joe needs to research what occupation does to humans. This story goes both ways.

    January 12, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. NW

    Your next RNC chair.

    January 12, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  18. Rai

    Since when are professional plumbers experts on politics, foriegn affairs, and media? Give me a break. If media on wars shouldn't be released because it doesn't represent the whole story, why wouldn't that theory apply to whatever Joe puts out in the media!

    January 12, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  19. Jen

    I guess the 1st 15 minutes weren't enough for Joe.

    January 12, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. stephanie h.

    Joe the Plumber should go back to Ohio and fix toilets or whatever the hell he does for a living, and stay out of world affairs. He's a little demagogue who doesn't know what he's talking about. Boy, the dumbing down of America is sure evident with this guy.

    January 12, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  21. Jeff

    Why on earth is any media outlet, let along a generally reputable one like CNN, giving one second of time or one inch of column space to this guy?? Is this all part of the ongoing program we enjoy here in this country called, "the dumbing down of America??

    January 12, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  22. linda

    to chris m I hope he runs in your state!

    January 12, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  23. Aaron

    The only reason this stooge says ban the media from reporting is because it makes it easier to pretend that Israel is completely justified no matter how many Palestinian civillians are killed. Joe the plumber is a fool and a disgrace.

    January 12, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  24. Oh No!

    You go Joe!

    Palin/Joe the Plumber 2012, yeah baby!

    OMG!

    This is all John McCain's fault, but at least he has enough sense to stay out of the media.

    January 12, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  25. Gina in Racine Wi

    Hey Joe the Plumber.......your 15 minutes of fame is up. It has been up. Please go away.

    You aren't really a Plumber and you really aren't a reporter.

    If you want to do some good for your Country......enlist in the Armed Forces (take your pick in which Branch) .

    January 12, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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